One in six children are living in poverty in the Central Okanagan

1 in 6 kids living in poverty

One in six children in the Central Okanagan is living in poverty, according to the latest BC Child Poverty Report Card. 

That translates to 5,970 children.

Seventeen per cent of the youth population is living in poverty, the First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition says.

The numbers are based on Statistics Canada data from 2017, the most recent data available, which found 163,730 children and youth across B.C. were living in poor households.

“Once again, our report finds one in five children in B.C. were living in poverty in 2017,” says Adrienne Montani, First Call’s provincial co-ordinator.

“And, for the first time, we saw children in lone-parent families make up over half of B.C.’s poor children.”

The poverty rate for all residents in the Okanagan is 15 per cent. B.C., and provincially, 18 per cent.

Though the child poverty rate in the region is below the provincial average of 19 per cent, the coalition says children are still disproportionately affected.

"Children in lone-parent families are at particular risk, with rates over six times higher than the poverty rates for children in couple-parent families," the coalition noted.

The coalition says 48 per cent of children in lone-parent families in the Central Okanagan are living in poverty, compared to 51 per cent provincially.

Meanwhile, eight per cent of children in couple-parent families are living in poverty, compared to 11 per cent provincially. 

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